Veterans reported today to One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, and the team spent little time adjusting the club’s roster. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have traded DT Brian Price to the Chicago Bears and outright released WR Dezmon Briscoe. Tampa Bay also announced that they have signed LB Thomas Williams to a two-year contract.
Price was selected by the Buccaneers in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft and had a rocky road at the next level after dealing with several injury issues. Price has only appeared in 20 games for the Buccaneers during the last two seasons. The free agent acquisition of DT Amobi Okoye made Price expendable. The Buccaneers have issued a release which states Price was traded for an undisclosed draft choice and the trade is pending a physical.
WR Dezmon Briscoe was released outright. Briscoe joined the Buccaneers under then-head coach Raheem Morris, who snatched the receiver off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. The Buccaneers offered Briscoe a large signing bonus, a move which angered Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Briscoe was the Buccaneer leading scoring receiver last year, with six touchdowns. Tampa enters training camp with nine receivers on the roster and the addition of free agent Vincent Jackson makes the chances of making the Buccaneers roster even slimmer for many receivers.
Tampa added another linebacker to their corps as well this afternoon with the addition of Thomas Williams. Williams is in his third season in the NFL. He has spent time on the rosters of the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.